Getting your bell rung, having a mild concussion, getting some sense knocked into you, seeing stars, being a Rocky-type character… isn’t a smart idea, doesn’t develop more character, and isn’t something to just shake off. Hopefully it is only temporary brain injury.
But when it occurs repeatedly, especially if time to heal the first injury is not complete, it predictably ends in chronic traumatic encephalopathy, even if it is not at the massive severity experienced by professional football and hockey players.
Traumatic Brain Injury causes 20 times more disabilities than AIDS, Breast Cancer, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Multiple Sclerosis combined.
Traumatic Brain Injuries have claimed more lives than all U.S. wars combined since 1977.
Approximately 1.5 million Americans sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury each year.
Traumatic Brain Injury is the number one cause of both death and disability in children and young adults.